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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

7:30 AM -- 10:00 AM
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Tough Choices, Tough Times: Does Our Education System Need To Be Rebuilt? (session #315)
The New Commission on Skills for the American Workforce makes the case for a wholesale redesign of the education system to meet the competitive challenges from countries whose residents will be better educated and willing to do the work of Americans at a much lower cost. The Commission offers a comprehensive set of recommendations to include redistributing education funding to pay for early childhood education, offering board exams in 10th grade to determine eligibility for higher education and shifting the burden for funding education completely to the state. This session will consider the Commission's ambitious vision and explore its viability among policymakers as a useful blueprint for increasing the educational achievement of Americans.


Tim Kaine, governor, Virginia; member, ECS Steering and Executive Committees

Scott Palmer, partner, Holland and Knight, LLP, District of Columbia

Jeanne Shaheen, director, Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts; former governor of New Hampshire

Marc S. Tucker, president, National Center on Education and the Economy, District of Columbia

10:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
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Plenary Dialogue Breakout: Getting It Done - How to Institute Education Reform Politically and Philanthropically (session #331)
This facilitated discussion focuses on how the political and philanthropic process can effectively impact systemic change in education. The facilitated discussion format will focus on the levers, landmines and elephants in the room in education and how they can be addressed or utilized to create meaningful change. Scott Palmer (Holland & Knight) and Jeanne Shaheen (Harvard University) will be available to offer insights.

10:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
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Plenary Dialogue Breakout: Tough Choices, Tough Times: Moving From the Report to Results (session #330)
This facilitated discussion focuses on how the recommendations from Tough Choices, Tough Times can be implemented in states. The facilitated discussion format allows participants to ask further questions, deepen knowledge and raise state policy issues focused on political levers and landmines that the Tough Choices report will likely encounter as it is considered in states. Marc Tucker (National Center on Education and the Economy) will be available to offer insights.

12:00 PM -- 2:00 PM
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Plenary Lunch: Student Unit Records: New Elephant in the Room? (session #340)
Establishing a national student unit record database system would allow students no matter how mobile to be followed for research and accountability purposes from preschool through postsecondary education. Currently, 44 states assign (or plan to assign) unique student identifiers that allow this, at least at the K-12 level. But the identifiers are unique only within each state not across states. What would happen to state data systems if unique IDs followed students both across state boundaries and across the K-12 and postsecondary divide? Is the sought-after access to student data for transfer, admissions and statewide analysis worth the tradeoffs? What are the implications for existing state data systems? What are the privacy issues?


Clifford Adelman, senior associate, The Institute for Higher Education Policy, District of Columbia

Aimee R. Guidera, director, Data Quality Campaign, Minnesota

Hans L'Orange, vice president for research and information resources; and director, SHEEO/NCES Network, State Higher Education Executive Officers, Colorado

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

10:00 AM -- 11:30 AM
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P-16 Partnerships: Are They Achieving Results? (session #430)
P-16 councils have been one of the most pervasive education reforms which are intended to create a more seamless education system from preschool through postsecondary education. While most P-16 councils bring together the various constituent groups across the education spectrum, their structures and goals are often very different from state to state. This session will look at the phenomenon of P-16 councils and ask the question, Are P-16 councils achieving results? The discussion will focus on the various landmines and policy levers that P-16 councils are encountering as well as discuss best practices on how to effectively sustain effective collaboration among diverse education interests.


Laura E. Owens, secretary of the education cabinet, State of Kentucky; ECS commissioner

David P. Sokola, chairman, Senate Education Committee, Delaware; member, ECS Steering and Nominating Committees

Jack R. Warner, commissioner of higher education, Rhode Island Office of Higher Education

11:45 AM -- 1:45 PM
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Plenary Lunch: Annual Discussion with Today's Education Governors (session #440)
Recent reports such as Education Week's Quality Counts, Achieve, Inc.'s American Diploma Project and the National Center for Higher Education and Public Policy's Measuring Up, have tracked state education policies and initiatives which are viewed as the building blocks to a more seamless education system from pre-K through postsecondary. These reports have developed various indicators for measuring student "readiness" as they transition from one stage to the next along the education pipeline. During this session, governors from four states will discuss the opportunities and challenges they face as they develop policies which intend to positively impact academic achievement from early learning through adult education.


Donald L. Carcieri, governor, Rhode Island; ECS commissioner

Jim Geringer, director, Public Sector Policy, Environmental Systems Research Institute; former governor, Wyoming

Edward G. Rendell, governor, Pennsylvania; ECS commissioner

Kathleen Sebelius, governor, State of Kansas; ECS chair; member, ECS Steering and Executive Committees

2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Early College High Schools: Promise and Perils (session #451)
Early college high schools allow students to complete high school with a substantial number of credits toward an associate's degree. Though local high school/college partnerships have been in place for some time, states are beginning to get into the action. Can it really work, and what do policymakers need to know about the potential challenges of such programs?


Rasheed Brown, student, Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School, North Carolina

Nancy Taylor, policy officer, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Ohio

Joel Vargas, senior project manager, Early College High School Initiative, Jobs for the Future, Massachusetts

Carolyn White, director, Learn and Earn, North Carolina New Schools Project

2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
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Changing Demographics, Changing Needs (session #454)
Many states are moving aggressively to address the rapidly changing demographics in their schools which find increasing numbers of students from low-income and culturally diverse backgrounds. The recognition by states that their future economic well-being is closely tied to the educational achievement of all their residents, regardless of background and circumstance, has been the impetus for broad and sometimes controversial education reform. This session will explore the different approaches states are taking to meet the needs of their changing student populations and whether these efforts will be sufficient to ensure educational opportunity for all their residents.


Veronica C. Garcia, secretary of education, New Mexico Public Education Department; ECS commissioner

Rob Lippincott, senior vice president, Education, Public Broadcasting Service, Virginia

Michael T. Nettles, vice president, ETS Policy Studies and Research Center, Educational Testing Service, New Jersey

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Friday, July 13, 2007

8:00 AM -- 12:30 PM
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Aligning P-16 Education (session #510)
This post-forum session will provide an opportunity for forum participants to learn and discuss how states are successfully aligning their education systems to ensure smooth transitions and student success.

8:00-8:10 a.m.

P-16 Partnerships in the States: An Overview
ECS will soon launch a database on state-level P-16 councils across the country. This short presentation will provide attendees information on the membership, mission, authority, supports and policy achievements of P-16 councils nationwide.

Perspectives on P-16 Work in the States
This highly interactive session will invite attendees to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding four key areas of P-16 reform: early learning, high school, postsecondary and teaching quality. Attendees will share what their states are doing as well as the "inside baseball" of P-16 -- breaking down institutional barriers, buy-in and implementation issues, and how these have been or are being overcome.

P-16 -- From 30,000 Feet and the Ground Up
Panelists representing a national organization and a state P-16 council will provide their relative experiences in P-16: the national organization working with numerous diverse P-16 councils and the issues states are addressing; and the state P-16 council relating the experience of rolling up one's sleeves to do the hard work of P-16 reform.

Lunch and Wrap-Up Discussion
Bring on the cold cuts. Attendees will raise any last questions/comments, provide their response to the keynote panel, discuss "other" issues P-16 councils are or aren't addressing, and ask "what's next" -- what is the future of P-16 in the states, and what should states be doing about it now?


Jan S. Kettlewell, associate vice chancellor, Georgia P-16 Initiatives, University System of Georgia Board of Regents

Charles Lenth, senior associate, State Higher Education Executive Officers, Colorado

Susan Tave Zelman, superintendent of public instruction, Ohio Department of Education; ECS commissioner

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